Hacienda El Indiano<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A small production wine the speaks the language of Rioja. Produced from old vines that are dry farmed and organically grown. Hacienda el Indiano is a blend of blends. It blends the Graciano, Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes from the three microclimates (Rioja Alta, Alvesa and Baja).
RATING HISTORY:2011 91IWC; 2009 92RP, 2008 RP&IWC
GRAPE:80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 10% Garnacha. Biodynamically grown vines planted from 1932 - 1938. Tended in limestone soil at 650 m (2,132ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Typical of the best Riojas that show a classical balance of rich aromatic density and plush fruit on the palate, there aren't many foods, casual or haute cuisine, that this wine won't compliment well. At the top of the list are roast suckling pig, grilled lamb skewers and grilled grass-fed beefsteak.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Fifteen days of pre-fermentation “cold soak” maceration to enhance the wine's fresh fruit aromas and deep colors, and fifteen days fermentation. Fermentation is carried out using the vineyard's own indigenous yeasts. After fermentation, the skins are pressed and the wine is aged for ten months in French oak barrels, of which 25% are 400-liter barrels, 50% are new 228-liter barrels and 25% two-year-old 228-liter barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels and the wine is normally bottled in September.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in Zone 3 and Zone 4 in the region of Rioja. The vineyards are organically farmed. The soils profile is rich and diverse, combining limestone, sand, clay and riverstones. The climate of the area has an average temperature from April-October of 61F with 24.4 inches of yearly rainfall. The moderate warm days and cool nights of this Atlantic/mediterranean climate forces the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in wines that are fresh, aromatic and have expressive fruit flavors.
TASTING NOTES:Sexy aromas of cherry-cola, smoky dried minerals, flowers and new leather. Dense and penetrating, with appealing sweetness to its dark berry and spicecake flavors. Becomes smokier with air and finishes with silky tannins and excellent persistence.
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